It was a tough week to be a Rays fan. Coming off a sweep of the Orioles on opening weekend, the Rays dropped three of four to the A’s, and the first two to the White Sox in Chicago. On the bright side, they looked good salvaging the final White Sox game to get back to .500. This week, they travel waaaaaaay up to the North Side for a three game set against the Cubs before a welcomed off day on Thursday. Then it’s a three game weekend tilt in St. Pete against the Red Sox.
Let’s check out the news.
The weekend in Chicago may not have gone to script, but they did make some fun defensive plays, including a home run stealing grab by Josh Lowe.
KK with the most KK response.
The Rays were involved in one of the most heartwarming stories you’ll hear all year. Our own Ashley MacLennan rounded up all the news you’ll need.
Ben Clemens on Drew Rasmussen’s slider.
Drew Rasmussen Made Sweeping Changes to His Slider https://t.co/fJrSt33wU0— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) April 13, 2022
As the Rays head to the Friendly Confines, here’s a bit from Jay Jaffe on Seiya Suzuki.
Seiya Suzuki Has Been a Hit So Far https://t.co/fTC7HEWZmK— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) April 15, 2022
The Rays acquired Javy Guerra from the Padres for cash considerations. No, not the 36 year old reliever. The 26 year old pitcher who used to be a top 100 shortstop.
The #Rays have acquired RH Javy Guerra from San Diego for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man, RH Shane Baz (arthroscopic surgery, right elbow) was transferred to the 60-day IL. Guerra will join the #Rays and a corresponding move will be announced when he reports.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) April 16, 2022
The corresponding move was Tommy Romero, who finished his first big league stint with a couple solid innings on Sunday before heading back to Durham.
#Rays send down Romero, opening roster spot for Javy Guerra to be added on Monday— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 17, 2022
After DFAing Dusten Knight earlier when they called up Phoenix Sanders, the Rays found out they get to keep The Dusty Knight after all.
Topper on the Kiermaier brothers.
“Having one Kiermaier in the big leagues was crazy with me making it, but let alone two,” #Rays Kevin said. “I’m so proud of him. And just crazy how everything has kind of come to fruition for us in the baseball world.”#Cubs @LifeAtPurdue https://t.co/ABahjBW5UG— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 17, 2022
MLB.com’s Adam Berry on how the Rays pitching situation has turned into such a scramble, and more.
Sugar Shane sat down with Neil.
Topper on Phoenix rising.
A #Rays Tales look at how a @USFBaseball senior who got a $7,500 bonus turned into big-leaguer Phoenix Sanders. Plus a look at notable homegrown #Rays, and rumblings on Phillips, Choi, Chloe Grimes, more https://t.co/0Fz5g0H9r6— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 17, 2022
The Rays aren’t the only club off to a rough start.
The Yankees have scored 30 runs in their first 10 games, their fewest through 10 games since 1977.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 17, 2022
Sunday was the first time they were shutout by the Orioles since 2016. pic.twitter.com/bKsenN4bgE
Hyun Jin Ryu is on the shelf for the Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays place starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu on 10-day injured listhttps://t.co/iGZMfmZrfa— CP24 (@CP24) April 17, 2022
John Means is gonna be out for a bit.
Hyde said Means getting second opinions on elbow. Gonna be awhile - to get results and for him to pitch again. Hyde doesn’t know if Means will pitch again in 2022. Said doesn’t expect him back anytime soon #orioles— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 16, 2022
Jackie Robinson Day was this past Friday. Dayn Perry took a dive into Robinson’s often forgotten time with the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs.
I undertook a detailed look at Jackie Robinson's 1945 turn with the Kansas City Monarchs. https://t.co/TA4rlB4xHm— Dayn Perry (@daynperry) April 15, 2022
Joe Maddon intentionally walked Corey Seager.
With the bases loaded.
In the fourth inning!
Joe Posnanski tries to make sense of it.
When it came to Joe Maddon intentionally walking Corey Seager with the bases loaded, it was hard to tell which was loonier -- the move itself or the explanation afterward. https://t.co/QEHDN1gIqT— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) April 16, 2022
Tim Newcomb in Popular Mechanics on how baseballs fly,
Engineers at @WSUPullman created special testing to determine the drag on #MLB baseballs (including tiny changes in seam height) and regularly monitor the league's baseballs. My latest for @PopMech https://t.co/A8fSG8oGHS pic.twitter.com/0nw3nliuwx— Tim Newcomb (@tdnewcomb) April 12, 2022
Jarrett Seidler at Baseball Prospectus on the mess MLB has made of the International player situation. Craig tells us that this story is available to basic subscribers, which means it will only cost you an email address.
You weren’t wrong if you thought an unusual number of top prospects broke camp with their respective big clubs this year. The why is a little trickier.
So we know the who, what, when and where of Top 100 Prospects making their debuts on or around Opening Day.— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) April 15, 2022
Speaking of top prospects, the Padres MacKenzie Gore finally made his big league debut over the weekend. It went well!
Some things don’t come easy. For two grueling summers, MacKenzie Gore’s big league debut was tantalizingly out of reach.— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 16, 2022
And then, suddenly, it was here. And he had really, truly earned it.
Worth the wait, Gore says. Worth all those struggles, too. https://t.co/HLXf05yEfH
Reds COO Phil Castellini really stepped in it, not just once —
Phil Castellini doesn’t care what the fans think because you have no choice but to root for them. Or the team will be sold and moved. pic.twitter.com/FKGBV88TSg— Wooooo™ (@WoooooTheReds) April 12, 2022
— but twice!
He followed this up with a statement that had everything but a deep drive to left.
#Reds president Phil Castellini issued the following statement: "I apologize to Reds fans and regret the comments that I made earlier today. We love this city, we love this team, and we love our fans. I understand how our fans feel and I am sorry."— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 13, 2022
Speaking of putting your foot in your mouth, Alec Bohm was caught saying “I hate this f*cking place,” after committing three errors and receiving some sarcastic cheers. This did not go over very well with the Philly faithful. But unlike Phil Castellini, Bohm owned up to it.
Phillies' Alec Bohm apologizes for derogatory comments during 'frustrating' game vs. Mets https://t.co/gYSs6jz6Hm— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) April 12, 2022
We all say stupid shit sometimes. Just own it, apologize, and move on. It’s not that hard. Now, it probably helped that 1) everybody in the stands hates that f*cking place too, and 2) he had a clutch hit later in the game. But Philly fans gave him a standing ovation the next day.
The Philly fans gave Alec Bohm a standing ovation in his first AB after he owned up to his "I fucking hate this place" comment from yesterday's game.— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 13, 2022
Good sports town pic.twitter.com/w1Uu2PBuQl
When Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson was ejected, Alyssa Nakken became the first woman in MLB history to coach on the field.
Over in Japan’s NPB, Rōki Sasaki nearly pulled a Vander Meer, following up his perfect game last week with eight more perfect innings this week, before he was pulled for pitch count issues. And you thought Kevin Cash was bad!
Rōki Sasaki, Unhittable Splitters.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 17, 2022
8 Perfect Innings (with 14Ks), taken out with a PG intact...after throwing a Perfect Game with 19Ks last outing. Insanity. pic.twitter.com/sKpLotnHCp
Oh, and Clayton Kershaw was pulled after seven perfect innings and 80 pitches.
When Dave Roberts pulled Clayton Kershaw seven innings into a perfect game, it made sense given the recent context.@emmabaccellieri on why it didn’t make sense given, well, everything else https://t.co/RfuzSZmpNE— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 14, 2022
Rays legend Travis d’Arnaud.
the oscars were two weeks ago, travis d’arnaud!!! pic.twitter.com/45wAtzngt1— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 13, 2022
New rules in the minors have drastically sped up the games.
I've been studying MiLB pace of play and time of game for more than a decade.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) April 16, 2022
I've never seen anything like what we saw last night. The beginning of enforcement of new rules cut nearly half an hour of game times.https://t.co/brKgHscfxr
A good piece from Lookout Landing.
For baseball fans who have lost someone https://t.co/aKrz6rGhn5— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) April 13, 2022
Great news from Rays superfan Dickie V.
Just rec’d GREAT NEWS vs Lymphoma from Dr Brown / he said that after analyzing by bloodwork that I’m clear to RING THE BELL.This is MY @MarchMadnessMBB CHAMPIONSHIP. THANKS to my medical TEAM @SMHCS & Dr Brown @espn STAFF + my family & everyone that has sent me & ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/HUOEw4hR5b— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 14, 2022
Prayers for Blue Jays legend Buck Martinez.
John Sterling gonna John Sterling.
“IT IS GONE!!”— MLB Errors (@mlberrors) April 14, 2022
“...but caught. Boy, I thought that was gone.”
Guy in the crowd yelling at the ump:— Welcome to the Ump Show (@umpjob) April 17, 2022
️ "That's why we're gonna replace you with machines!" pic.twitter.com/cj3tJjBMUk
The Astros get Wordle’d.
Ripken the Bat Dog made his 2022 debut over the weekend.
And for your palate cleanse, watch the University of Virginia turn a triple play — thanks in part to the first baseman forgetting how many outs there were.